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Scorsese Unveils Rolling Stones Doc at Berlin Film Fest

February 7, 2008 10:30 AM ET

The Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese opened the Berlin International Film Festival today with the world premiere of the Stones concert film Shine a Light. After a screening, the band and the director met with an overflow crowd of reporters for a press conference full of mutual admiration. Mick Jagger pointed out that "Shine a Light is the only Martin Scorsese movie I know that doesn't have 'Gimme Shelter' in it!" In other rock movie news, Scorsese said that he is currently "looking at footage" for his upcoming George Harrison movie, and that it's going to be a "straight documentary."

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